With this bitter cold winter, many of you could be relying on a space heater for some extra warmth.
If you have a Duraflame branded heater, you should carefully check the information below.
The U.S. Product Safety Commission has posted a recall of certain units that might melt, catch fire, and ignite nearby items. The recall affects about 31,000 units.
While they are sold under the Duraflame brand, the manufacturer is called Twin-Star and based in Delray Beach, Florida. Customers should immediately turn off and unplug the electric space heater and contact Twin-Star for a full refund.
Twin-Star has received 32 reports of heaters burning or melting, including eight reports of the units catching fire, one of which resulted in minor property damage. No injuries have been reported.
The affected units were sold at Farmer’s Furniture, Meijer, QVC, R.C. Willey, Ross and other retailers nationwide and online at Maxtool.com between August 2013 through January 2014 for about $60.
This recall involves Duraflame-branded electric space heaters, model DSF-220, sold in three colors, black, red and white.
The heaters’ flame effect resembles a fireplace and works with or without heat. The heaters measure about 14.5-inches high, 13-inches wide and 8-inches deep. The on-off switch and the high/low heat settings are located on the upper left back side of the unit.
The Duraflame logo appears on the front of the unit.
The model number can be found on a white label located on the heater’s back panel.
If you're looking for a refund, contact Twin-Star toll-free at (855) 884-9651 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.twinstarhome.com and click on “Product Recall” in red at the bottom of the page under the Support column for more information.